Snowfall Sets Scene for Snow Sports

Areas of the Eastern Upper Peninsula were hard hit by the winter’s first major snowstorm which struck Thursday, December 20, causing power outages, widespread school closings, public meeting cancellations, and dangerous weather conditions for land and water travel. Freighters found shelter in Moran Bay in St. Ignace Thursday as 30- to 40-mile-per-hour wind gusts accompanied heavy, wet snowfall. The storm […]

County Chooses Public Defender

Board Deems Tschirhart Top Candidate

The Mackinac County Board of Commissioners voted to appoint attorney George Tschirhart of Cheboygan as the new public defender for Mackinac County Thursday, December 27. The one-year appointment carries Mr. Tschirhart’s proposed annual salary of $83,000. Commission Chairman Lawrence Leveille voted against the appointment and questioned why no local attorneys were interviewed. Commissioners Jim Hill, Oliver House, Diane Patrick, and […]

Programs To Offer Insight on Bullying

St. Ignace School District Invites Parents

Workshops will educate the community about bullying prevention this month at the St. Ignace Area Schools. A workshop for parents will be Monday, January 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria and students will participate in presentations during the day Tuesday, January 8. What is the definition of bullying? A wide range of circumstances can be considered bullying, […]

Dredging Eases Clearance for Boats

With Water Levels Low in Great Lakes, Dredging Costs Soar... and Even Inches May Count

Owing to low water levels in Lake Huron, workers at Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry conduct their own, rudimentary dredging operation along Shepler’s dock on State Street in St. Ignace Friday, December 28. Sitting atop the freight boat Sacre Bleu, two dump trucks are filled with muck dug from the lake bottom by a backhoe. One truck includes a large, old […]

Village Searches For Manager; May Also Seek Director

The Mackinaw City Village Council has launched a campaign to find a new village manager and is considering hiring a community development director. Council unanimously approved advertising the opening at its meeting Thursday, December 20. The search for a community development director, if council choses to pursue one, will pick up speed once a manager is in place, council members […]

Notable Book On Notable Governor

Michigan Politics

Stevens T. Mason, who led Michigan to statehood as our first governor, achieved young and died young in the 19th century but in the 21st remains a compelling story for those who follow and pursue politics, with all of its highs and lows. That story about one of Michigan’s most extraordinary political figures is told with extraordinary skill by author […]

Direct Mackinac Island Development To a Consistent Experience

To the Editor: I write as a property owner, a voter, someone who has spent time on Mackinac Island every year of my life and hope to continue to do so. I fully support and encourage a unanimous vote of support for the proposed two downtown historic districts, which include the Market Street, Main Street, and the West End of […]

Urge All To Attend Hearing on Historic Districts

To the Editor: On January 9, at 3 p.m., the City of Mackinac Island will hold a public hearing on the issue of adopting two proposed historic districts on Mackinac Island. There is a planned vote on this issue by the council at the council meeting following the hearing at 4 p.m. I am urging all Mackinac residents who are […]

Establish the Preservation District, We Have Enough Strip Malls

To the Editor: I am writing in support of the Historical District designation that will soon be on the City of Mackinac Island docket for decision. Through my many years on Mackinac Island, the sense of community and rich fabric of home became one of which I have never again experienced, providing me with deep friendships that endure through today. […]

Shares View on Wolf Season

To the Editor: In response to the letter by Susan DeGroff, “Hunting Season For Wolves Is Disheartening” in The St. Ignace News, December 20: Amen. Bob WattsSt. Ignace